Genre/Influences: Industrial, IDM, experimental, industrial-rave.
Background/Info: It took 4 years time for Julien Sylvgheist to unleash the fourth full length of his Sylvgheist Maëlström project. I’ll always remember his debut work “Lahar” released in 2010 on Connexion Bizarre, which was a masterpiece of industrial sound intelligence. The next two albums released on Hands confirmed the impressive skills of this French musician.
Both last cuts are featuring collaborations; first with Moogulator and next Philipp Münch.
Content: “Norillag” again is nothing less than a masterpiece. The eclecticism of the artist mixed with his nose to create unique sound treatments is absolutely impressive. He brings music styles together, which will appeal for lovers of progressive industrial music. There’s a fusion between industrial and techno, which resulted in pure trance passages. The electro-minimalism is another main characteristic of this work.
+ + + : The main characteristic of sound wizards is the fusion between intelligent music writing and magic sound manipulations. That’s precisely the trademark of Julien Sylvgheist who once more confirms to be a visionary musician. There’s a subtle approach in the composition and that’s something really particular for an industrial artist. But this project moves much further than simply industrial; it’s a sonic osmosis between different dark related music genres and the hypnotic sensation of trance music. Both opening cuts are absolutely outstanding. I also have to mention “Insanity, which is a brilliant collaboration with Philipp Münch.
– – – : There are several great songs featured at “Norillag”, but unfortunately also a few less inspired tracks. But in the end you don’t hear me to complain.
Conclusion: Sylvgheist Maëlström sometimes sounds as a look into the future of industrial music, but I realize this future has already begun since 2010! That’s probably what we call visionary artists!
Best songs: “Svalbard 290915”, “Trnasition 1 160115”, “Transition 3 Husavik 070115”, “Insanity feat. Philipp Münch”.